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December 2015

The Diva Bloggers Glow with the Glo

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The photoshoot was a wonderful amalgamation of a mobile app, and the makeovers of beauty bloggers

New Delhi, December 2015:  Glo is the revolutionary mobile app platform designed to simplify the way you find and book make-up and hairstyle solutions. Taking the concept of self-book appointments to a new level, Glo recently joined hands with Styleogram, a popular fashion and beauty platform, for the Diva Blogger photoshoot.

To give their readers a sneak preview of the fashion world and their favorite celebrity bloggers, Styleogram created a platform and invited social media celebrities at DLF Promannde to be a part of the Diva Blogger photoshoot.

Glo was the Hair & Beauty partner for the looks created for each blogger. The expert beauty team from Glo did the hair and make up for eminent fashion bloggers like  Mehak Ghai, Ankita Mehra Arora and Disha Batra. Each of them selected one look from the mobile app and it was flawlessly executed by the team adding all the more glitz & glamour to each diva, giving them the exact desired look.

In see-saw tie, Yodhas falter at final hurdle

Having fought back from a 2-0 deficit, Bengaluru Yodhas went down 4-3 to Dilli Veer in agonising fashion

 
23rd December. 2015, Bengaluru: On a night that had it all, big take-downs, wins by technical superiority and a rousing comeback, Bengaluru Yodhas slumped to an unfortunate 4-3 defeat to Dilli Veer at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night.
The tie went down to the wire as both teams were locked at three wins apiece with the seventh and final bout the decider. Yodhas’ Bajrang Punia though could not avoid defeat against Navruzov Ikhtiyor, giving Dilli Veer their first win in the tournament. 
Bengaluru Yodhas ended their league engagements in fourth place with this loss, finishing with four points from five games. Dilli Veer finished last with two points from five games. The Yodhas however have already made the cut for the semifinals having managed a top-four finish. 
With a vocal home crowd backing the Yodhas, Sandeep Tomar kicked off the night taking on Mongolia’s Erdenebat Bekhbayar in the 57 kg category. Tomar, coming into this match on the back of three defeats, fought hard in the first period, only conceding three points. His Mongolian opponent though stepped up the pace in the second round, forcing Sandeep twice into exposure positions to pick up a 7-0 victory.
Lalita Sehrawat put up a brave effort against European champion Liliya Horishna, clawing back a five-point deficit. However, the 23-year-old Lalita could not maintain her rhythm in the second period with Horishna taking the bout 11-6 after a tiring Lalita conceded a couple of easy openings.
With Dilli Veer leading the tie 2-0 the Yodhas needed someone to come up with something special. Davit Modzmanashvili, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist did just that, rising to the occasion magnificently. Facing Dilli Veer’s Krishan Kumar in the 125 kg contest, the burly Georgian finished off the bout in just 64 seconds winning by technical fall with the score at 10-0. Yuliya Ratkevich then put the Yodhas on level terms with a battling display against Elif Yale Yesilirmak in the 58 kg category. With the scores locked at 1-1 with just two minutes to go, Yuliya forced the Dilli Veer wrestler into an exposure position, going up 3-1. Yesilirmak came hard trying to win back the points but an expert rearguard action from Yuliya, one in which she moved expertly to prevent Yesilirmak from getting too close, ensured that she kept her lead and squared the tie at 2-2.
Icon player Narsingh Yadav then put together a customary display of controlled aggression, downing Dinesh Kumar 8-4 and giving the home team a 3-2 lead.
With a victory needed to seal the tie, Alyssa Lampe took on the Veer’s icon player Vinesh Phogat in the 48 kg category. However, a masterclass from Vinesh saw Alyssa go down 10-0, a win which put Dilli on an equal footing with the Yodhas.
In the seventh and final bout, Bajrang Punia faced Navruzov Ikhtiyor in the 65 kg division. Both wrestlers started off in aggressive fashion but a couple of errors from Bajrang allowed Ikhtiyor a way in and the 2015 World Championship silver medallist made the 21-year-old Bajrang pay. A quick reversal gave the Uzbek wrestler a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period and he did not relent in the second, pressuring Bajrang into more errors and picking up important points. The bout finally ended 10-1 in favour of Ikhtiyor, a result that gave the team from the national capital their first ever win in the Pro Wrestling League.
Davit Modzmanashvili put the Yodhas on the comeback trail with a 10-0 dismissal of Krishan Kumar in the 125 kg category. 
 
Yuliya Ratkevich forces Elif Jale Yesilirmak of Dilli Veer into an exposure position, picking up two vital points. 

Shoppers Stop creates India’s largest Santa Claus!

~ The 71 feet high installation is set to enter the Limca Book of Records 

Shoppers Stop has created India's largest Santa Claus (71 feet) at the Shoppers Stop store, Inorbit Mall in Malad.

Mumbai, December 24, 2015: Shoppers Stop has created India’s largest Santa Claus at its store at Inorbit Mall in Malad, Mumbai.  This gigantic Santa Claus stands at a whopping 71 feet! With this installation, Shoppers Stop is set to make an entry into the Limca Book of Records.

The magnificent installation of Santa Claus has been made in a record time of 12 days by the in-house Visual Merchandising team. Over 30 people worked round the clock to construct it.

Catch India’s largest Santa Claus installed at Shoppers Stop, Inorbit Mall, Malad in Mumbai till 31st December 2015.

Over 28 departments at St. Martha’s deck up cribs to herald Christmas

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Bangalore, December 23, 2015: It’s that time of the year again. Nothing spells festive cheer like streets decked with streamers and lights, like homes putting their brightest stars on display and like the numerous twinkling star lights on the Christmas Tree. At St. Martha’s Hospital too, Christmas is being celebrated with great fervor with each department putting up a crib of their own.

There is some festive competitiveness that is going around the hospital. Each department of St. Martha’s has set out a Christmas crib to the joy of everyone – patients, visitors and the doctors themselves.

Over 28 departments in the hospital depicted unique kind of cribs showing utmost creativity . PICU department depicted an aquatic theme, physiotherapy department represented the theme of save the world and created the crib with the recycled products, General maternity department showcased a shadow theme and the Medical Records Department created the crib with thermacol and illustrated the winter theme.

On the midnight of Christmas each crib will have baby Jesus kept to announce his birth on the Big Day of Christmas.

Speaking on the cribs being set up across the hospital, Jayakar Jerome, the Director of St. Martha’s Hospital says, “Christmas is a festival that is celebrated by everyone, irrespective of communities. Setting up the cribs is a collective effort and one that every member of the medical and non-medical community has participated in. We could not think of a better way to ring in the joy of Christmas”.

ಶ್ರೀ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಆಂಜನೇಯಸ್ವಾಮಿಯ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನದಲ್ಲಿ 72ನೇ ವರ್ಷದ ಹನುಮ ಜಯಂತಿ

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ನಾಡಪ್ರಭು ಕೆಂಪೇಗೌಡರು ಪೂಜಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಗಾಂಧಿನಗರದ ಶ್ರೀ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಆಂಜನೇಯಸ್ವಾಮಿಯ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನದಲ್ಲಿ  72 ವರ್ಷದ ಹನುಮ ಜಯಂತಿ ಆಚರಣೆಯನ್ನು ಏಕಾಂಬರ ಶಾಹೂಜೀಸ್ ಧರ್ಮಶಾಲಾ ಟ್ರಸ್ಟ್ನ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಾದ ರೇಖಾ ಎಸ್ ರಾವ್ ಅವರು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ವಿಜೃಂಬಣೆಯಿಂದ ಆಚರಿಸಿದರು. ಶಾಸಕರಾದ ಕೃಷ್ಣಪ್ಪ,  ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಭಕ್ತಿ ಗೀತೆಗಳ ಗಾಯನ, ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ಅಭಿಷೇಕ, ವಿಶೇಷ ಪೂಜೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಅನ್ನಸಂತರ್ಪಣೆ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳು ನಡೆಯಿತು.

Badminton action returns to the city as Bengaluru Top Guns get ready to soar

Kidambi Srikanth to headline the team in the Premier Badminton League beginning on 2nd January 2015

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22nd December, 2015, Bengaluru: Ready to grip the city in an action-packed avatar of Badminton, the Bengaluru franchise launched their team in the city today. Unveiling their logo, the Top Guns also revealed their squad consisting of eight male and two female badminton players from across the world. Captaining the Bengaluru team would be superstar shuttler Kidambi Srikanth.
Leading from the front, will be the team’s marquee player Kidambi Srikanth, the highest ranked Indian men’s singles player who won the Arjuna award for badminton in 2015 after capping off a wonderful 2014 with a maiden Super Series Premier title by an Indian male at the 2014 China Open. In the women’s category, home girl Ashwini Ponnappa will be leading the charge with her vault of experience including a historic women’s doubles gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and winning the 2015 Canada Open title to round off her season. Joining Ashwini as the lone women’s singles player is Suo Di, the Chinese player who has the ability to run top players close to the finish line including an exciting battle with Saina Nehwal in the China Open. The men’s singles category will also include upcoming shuttler Sameer Verma and veteran Anand Pawar. The men’s doubles category is led by the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Joachim Fischer Nielsenfrom Denmark. He ended 2015 in style with the Japan Open title and qualifying for the Dubai Super Series finals as well. He will once again team up with Ashwini, whom he partnered in the erstwhile Indian Badminton League playing for the Pune team. Joining the Dane will be Robert Blair from Scotland who was a late addition to the team but has years of experience on the doubles circuit including a World Championship silver and a Commonwealth Games bronze. The Malaysian doubles aces Khim Wah Lim and Hoon Thiem Howalong with India’s B Sumeeth Reddy round off the Top Guns squad.
Speaking about the return of the PBL in January, Kidambi Srikanth was excited about the opportunity to play in a team format. “As an athlete you always look for opportunities to learn and better your skills; this team, with its mix of world-class players is the perfect opportunity for me to observe and share insights about the game with my teammates. Having played in this format before, I am looking forward to being a part of the Bengaluru Top Guns. We have a very balanced squad and the new format is sure to bring out the best in our players. It is also a privilege for me to represent this city as it has been a place close to my heart both personally and professionally.”
Continuing on what to expect this season, Bangalore’s star player Ashwini Ponnappa said “With the league being held in January, it will help set the tone of the season and help all of us begin the year in a great note. We have a perfect mix of youth and experience which will definitely be a differential factor between us and other teams. For me personally, having previously played a similar format with Joachim will add to my game and boost our chances of doing better than the rest. Also with such exceptional players like Sameer and Srikanth will surely help us to soar, come New Year. I am also very excited to be playing for my home team and am looking forward to the home support that will definitely be strong. I will work hard to win the league for the fans of Bangalore.”
The Premier Badminton League which begins in Mumbai on January 2nd, 2016 will be travelling to Hyderabad, New Delhi, Lucknow and Chennai, before coming to Bengaluru. The city will play host to the league on 12th and 13th January. The semi-finals will also be held here on January 14th before the league makes its way to the finals to be held in New Delhi on January 17th.
The format will include two men’s singles fixtures with a women’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles fixture each. The difference between international badminton matches and the fixtures in the league are that the matches end on 15 points with a sudden death point to decide the result of the contest at 14 all. Each team will also get to select one of the five fixtures they play in a tie as a “trump match” where the team earns a bonus point in a victory and a negative point in a loss. For the “trump match”, the team cannot choose the same player more than twice in the league stage and once in the knock out stage.
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(L to R) – Mr. DV Srinivas (President, Karnataka Badminton Association); Arvind Bhat (Coach, Bengaluru Top Guns; Ashwini Ponnappa and Kidambi Srikanth (Players, Bengaluru Top Guns), Prasad Mangipudi (Team Principal, Bengaluru Top Guns)
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light hearted moment shared between Ashwini Ponnappa and Kidambi Srikanth at the launch of the Bengaluru Top Guns in the city on Tuesday.
Concluding the proceedings at the launch, Prasad Mangipudi, CEO, Brand Prix said “Firstly, I am very glad to be owning the team that represents the city which produced India’s first true badminton champion, Prakash Padukone. We wanted to buy the Bengaluru franchise because it rocks with youthful spirit and energy and we know we can count on our fans to come out in huge support for their team. We are looking forward to the fan support not only from Bengaluru but also from the rest of Karnataka. In the end, we hope to make a significant impact on this city and this state through our involvement in the PBL.”

COST CUTTING DURING WEDDING

Weddings are awesome, exciting, romantic, fun and expensive. Yes. Just as the saying goes, the best things in life are either free or really expensive

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Venues and Functions– From roka till wedding, people go searching for venues to start the functions. Thus could be cut down by doing all the functions in one day. Any which ways, wedding a hectic affair, why not just do it all in a single day. Like once the roka is done, families can book the wedding venue and do ring and haldi in the morning and wedding in the evening. This would bring down your budget in immensely. Booking a venue  is no less than 7-10 lakhs, so multiply this with each function.

If allowed by the family, one can get married at the religious place and share the cost for the reception later on.

Know where to put your money – as rightly said earlier guests remember a wedding if the food is good. Save costing on Décor. Expensive floral décor could be replaced with eco friendly products like using broken bangles in décor and inexpensive cloth material could be used. Invest on food. But make sure the pax is at minimal as lot of planners would make a fool out of you while booking. For instance if you are expecting 500 guests then keep your pax for food only 250-300. As most of the times people prefer wedding snacks and desert more than the typical meal.

Negotiate as much as you can – Wedding fraternity is also searching for clients to survive so make the best out of it. Take your time do not rush and never go blind trusting them. Do your homework, meet people discuss, compare and then take the call. Never forget to check their work done before infact you may ask for client’s testimonials too for authenticity.

Recall and call your old friends–  We tend to forget the nearby options while arranging things for the wedding. Recall your old friends who could of help may be in catering / photography / designing etc. So recall them and invite them that could also give your great discounts

Limit the alcohol– Yes this is one of the most important factors we tend to ignore. Do not over feed the guests out of excitement.  Stick to your budget. Cocktails are a great idea, enabling you to offer something fun within a set price bracket. As a rule, long is good, strong is not!

Be a smart buyer – wedding attire is to be worn just once! And the lehenga and sherwaani are not less than 50 k. So opt for renting one.  Never over buy stuff out of happiness. Your measurement keeps varying so just shop for things which are actually needed. You know what you would really require.  Wait for sales!!

Invitation-  World is technologically upgraded. So instead of wasting money over paper invites, make best use of emails and sms. Follow ups can give a personal touch! Remind them but avoid making those one time readable expensive wedding cards.

Go for off season – Oct to dec and May to june are heavy wedding dates available. So opt for one which falls in off season. This gives a huge cost cutting as the bookings are easily available in lesser amount.

DIY – many expenses involving small and handy décor could be done by you and your relatives. Like decorating the thali for ring ceremony.  Or decorating the entrance area for the groom. Rangoli could be made of the flowers that are used in the wedding. Lots of things you can find in your wedding that could have multiple use. Like colorful dupattas at wall could be draped around the ceiling making it fall on the floor  at mehendi function.  Flowers used at Sagan could be used to design floral jewelry for other day.

Food food food – Stick to one menu. This shall cut the cost intelligently. One does not need to raise the quantity of the cuisines. Instead focus on the quality. Starters are a great options to explore in weddings. Guests usually end up filling their tummy by starters so focus on the starts and keep the dinner menu not so lavish.

 

THE AUTHOR MR ASHU GARG IS THE FOUNDER OF GOOD TIMES CONCEPTS EVENTS. GOOD TIMES CONCEPTS EVENTS IS A WEDDING ARCHITECT AND AN EVENT SOLUTION COMPANY.

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Enable Makeathon – Passion to Innovate meets Compassion For People with Disabilities

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Bengaluru, December 21, 2015: Makers from across the globe came together on December 18-21 to fine-tune their assistive devices developed during the Enable Makeathon challenge – an initiative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and its partners. The 60-day program comprises a series of events by the end of which participants will develop appropriate solutions for persons with disabilities.

These participants have expertise in technology and design, disability and mentorship. The 30 Maker Teams include participants from across India as well as from Mexico, US, Australia, UK and Portugal, of which 16 teams will enter the final round which concludes on January 23, 2016. At the end of the challenge, three winning teams will be given rewards to the tune of 50,000 USD. And these solutions will be presented to investors, incubators and NGOs.

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The teams participated in Business Bootcamp at IIM Bangalore on December 18 where they were brought face to face with the challenges of being entrepreneurs and helped with their business plans. They received insights from experts on how best to take their products to end-users once they have finalized their prototypes. These devices are aimed at helping persons with disabilities to perform activities of daily living, regain mobility, maintain posture, and access employment opportunities, among others.

Mr. Tarun Sarwal, Head of Innovation at ICRC, said “There has been a significant improvement in all aspects of these prototypes from the time the teams conceptualized and submitted their ideas. We are hopeful that these solutions will change the quality of life of persons with disabilities living in remote areas across the world.”

Mr. Ganesh from Bengaluru-based NGO Manasvini, who met the teams at Workbench Projects during the Maker Days, said that this is the first such initiative in the disability sector. “I have not come across something like the Enable Makeathon so far. It’s not only the first such program, but it’s also very unique in terms of the profile of participants and the ideas they are working on.”

 

Indian Music Experience to organise a fundraiser event Sunday 27th December 2015 at Chowdiah Memorial hall – Entry is free

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The Indian Music Experience, India’s first interactive music museum, is presenting a fundraiser event on the 27th of December, 2015 at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore.

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The event will feature two special music concerts. The first, SAMARPAN, is a tribute to Bharat Ratna M. S. Subbulakshmi in her centenary year, and will feature her popular songs from the classical, devotional and film genres. This interactive concert is presented by Manasi Prasad – Project Director, IME and will also feature young musicians of Bangalore such as Sahana Ramachandra and Aditi Prahlad on vocals, BK Raghu on the violin, Shadrach Solomon on Keyboard, BS Anand on the mridangam and Adarsh Shenoy on tabla.

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The second concert is Naada Chitra Crossover Project, which is a unique coming together of Carnatic, Hindustani and western music along with free-hand spontaneous painting. The concert features Dr. Suma Sudhindra, Director – Outreach, IME, on the veena, Rakesh Chaurasia on Hindustani flue, Ned McGowan on western key flute, Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma and BC Manjunath on mridangam and Karthik Mani on the drums, and the artist BKS Verma will create paintings that reflect the music. Union minister for Fertilizers and Chemicals, Ananth Kumar and Sukanya Ravi Shankar, wife of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar will be the guests at the event.

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The Indian Music Experience is being set up with a vision to increase the understanding and appreciation of Indian music from the traditional to the contemporary. Featuring technology-driven multimedia exhibits, a Sound Garden and a Learning Centre, the IME is being planned as a complete music hub of international standards. Since the completion of the building facility and its inauguration by the Chief Minister Sri Siddaramaiah in 2013, the exhibit design was completed and the manufacture of the musical sculptures for the Sound Garden is underway. The exhibit fabrication is scheduled to begin in early 2016. The Learning Centre wing of the IME is running successfully and music classes in various disciplines are conducted in the acoustically treated classrooms and seminar hall at the premises.  The IME has received donations of precious artifacts and audio visual material from several renowned musicians. Noteworthy among these are the gifting of Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan’s shehnai and Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi’s personal artifacts by their respective families.

The IME continues in its endeavor to source rare and precious content for display in its exhibits.

The cost of setting up the IME is Rs. 41 crore, of which over half the required funding has been raised through government grants, corporate houses and individuals. Subject to the raising of the balance funding, the IME is expected to open to the public in 2016.

The IME is a non-profit initiative of the Indian Music Experience Trust, whose main supporter is the Brigade Group. Several other corporate houses such as Prestige Group, State Bank of India, Chartered Housing, Tandem Allied Servies, Canara Bank and others are supporting the IME, which has also received a grant from the Karnataka Government. The Trust is appealing to art lovers and corporate houses of Bangalore to support this cause. Donations to IMET are tax exempt as per Income Tax Section 80G.

The IME is located in Brigade Millennium, JP Nagar 7th Phase, Bangalore. The fundraiser event is supported by Kamachi Bars, Union Architectural Hardware, Total Solutions Intex, S-FORM and others.

Venue: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Bangalore

Date: Sunday, 27th of December 2015

Time: 6 PM onwards

Complimentary passes for the event are available at Chowdiah, Orion Mall and IME.

For more information visit www.indianmusicexperience.org or call 9686602366.

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